Tag: Manchester United

Video of the Day: Manchester United vs Dundee United, 1984

When Manchester United saw the draw for the last sixteen of the 1984/85 UEFA Cup, there can be little doubt that the scale of the challenge ahead of them. Dundee United had been the champions of Scotland two seasons earlier, and during the previous season they’d reached the semi-final of the European Cup, beating Hamrun Spartans, Standard Liege and Rapid Vienna before losing to AS Roma in a tie clouded in controversy, with rumours of match-fixing in the air. Make no mistake about it, the Dundee United team of the mid-1980s were nobody’s fools. Manchester United’s league season hadn’t...

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Video of the Day: Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion, December 1978

Much as it may seem difficult to believe to our modern, multi-cultural eyes, there was a time when having three black players in the same was treated as if it was a novelty. The signing of Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson by West Bromwich Albion was considered dangerously exotic by some and a reason to spew hatred and bile by others. These three players, however, were the spark behind the West Bromwich Albion team of the time, a team that was packed with skill and creativity yet somehow managed never to win a major trophy. Nicknamed –...

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League Cup Final Of The Day: Liverpool vs Manchester United, 1983

For all the hubris surrounding modern managers, on a European level at least there will only be one Bob Paisley. Paisley was the manager of Liverpool for just nine years, and in that time his club were the champions of England on six occasions, the champions of Europe three times and the winners of the League Cup on three occasions, a golden period for the club that it may never see again. He joined Liverpool in May 1939 and stayed at Anfield until his retirement at the start of 1992, as a player, physiotherapist, coach, manager and director, giving...

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Video of the Day: Ipswich Town vs Manchester United, March 1980

Manchester United travel to Shropshire this evening to play Shrewsbury Town in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup with a now familiar cloud hanging over Old Trafford. Last Thursday’s defeat in Denmark in the Europa League has turned up the tension between the supporters and the playing staff of the club just that little bit more, and a trip to the modest surroundings of a League One club which should make for a comfortable evening’s work now feels as if it may not be completely straightforward after all. Manchester United have had fallow periods before, of course, with...

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Video of the Day: Manchester United vs Barcelona, March 1984

Manchester United travel to Denmark to play FC Midtjylland in the Europa League this evening. Whilst many may be looking forward to having a run in a different competition without the perils of having to play the likes of Bayern Munich or Real Madrid, there will doubtlessly also be some United supporters who would happily jettison their involvement with this year’s competition in order to focus on their increasingly uphill battle to maintain their Champions League place for next season. A win will be the very minimum expectation for supporters wearied by a season that still hasn’t quite got...

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